April 25, 2012: a nice well reported --
- 19893, 2,112, BR, Gorhman 24-31 MBH, Dunn, Bakken, Bailey oil field
The Bailey Oil Field
I sure wish I had taken a snapshot of some of the oil fields in the Williston Basin on the NDIC GIS map server at regular intervals over the past couple of years. The succession of photos would have been amazing.
While panning the GIS map server tonight I was struck by how "busy" the Bailey oil field was, and it was one of the fields I had not focused on until now (see sidebar at the right for descriptions of the various fields).
The Bailey field is on the south side of the river, across the river from the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, and southwest of the very interesting Moccasin Creek field. (That's another field I need to update and put on the sidebar on the right.)
The Bailey field is an irregularly shaped field and moderate in size compared to other fields in the Bakken. It is about 164 sections in size, just under the equivalent of 5 townships. At the center of the field are two townships T146N-94W and T146N-93W. The rest of the field is located north of these two townships (38 sections); west (16 sections); and south (40 sections).
The field is pretty much "owned" by Marathon Oil. Of the 120 file numbers (permits and wells) in this field, all but 15 are Marathon's. Burlington Resources has eleven, and XTO, Tracker, Hunt, and PDC each have one.
If I remember correctly, Marathon and BR played a major role in developing horizontal drilling which opened the Bakken formation, and thus it's interesting to see BR juxtaposed with MRO in this area.
The Bailey field is a prototypical Bakken field. Except for one outlier, file # 12927, a Missouri River Royalty Corporation well, with a status date of 2002, all of the permits in this field were issued during the current boom. All of the wells are still active (except the aforementioned MRRC well which is permanently abandoned).
The next earliest well is a Marathon well, #15854, Fedora 34-22H, pretty much smack dab in the middle of the field. All the rest of the wells are 2007 or later, with only 14 permits issued in the Bailey so far in 2010.
With 114 wells in this field, it's impossible for me to look at each well. Instead I will look at a string of wells running west to east along the southeast border of the field, picked randomly, but probably a representative sample. With one exception, they are all MRO wells, and they are all long laterals (the entire field is spaced at 1280 acres). Except for one file number with a rig on site, they are all producing wells:
- 16868, 294, Feb 08, tested 3/08; 104K as of 3/11
- 16764, 473, tested 10/10, 35K in 3.5 months
- 17171, 391, Sep 08; tested 10/08; 95K as of 3/11
- 16925, 409, May 08; tested 5/08; 93K as of 3/11
- 17164, 340, Oct 08; tested 11/08; 71K as of 3/11
- 18222, 756, Oct 09, Hunt; tested 11/09; 91K as of 3/11
- 17216, 327, Dec 08; tested 2/09; 52K as of 3/11
- 17528, 454, Jan 09; tested 2/09; 65K as of 3/11
Other than the village of Dunn Center, population 122 (2000 census), there are no other towns in this field and no major roads. At the far northwest of the field is the Little Missouri State Park. Some years ago I went horseback riding in this park, renting horses at Badlands Trail Rides. Somewhere I have a photo of my dad, my older daughter, and myself in a "Bonanza" pose before we headed out for the day-long ride. If I can find it, I will post it. It was absolutely incredible, riding horseback in the badlands of North Dakota. The scenery was incredible. I hope to introduce my two grandchildren to horseback riding at this site. And I hope we see a lot of wells. And no windmills (other than for well water).